Crime & Investigation

1 Killed as Armed Men ‘Trail’ Minister Aidah Nantaba

Police in Mukono District have shot dead a man suspected to be one of those who trailed State Minister for ICT Aidah Nantaba on Sunday morning.

According to police, Nantaba was driving herself in the official vehicle at around 11:00am in Ggavu Village, Kasawo sub-county along the Kayunga-Mukono road when she suspected that men riding on boda boda were trailing her.

But the minister was alert and quickly sped off before reporting the matter to Naggalama Police Station.

Police, in response, launched an operation and intercepted one of the armed men in Nagojje sub-county where they shot him dead.

While at Naggalama Police Station, Nantaba declined to speak to the media.

Naggalama Police DPC Grace Nyangoma said the motive of the attack is under investigation.

“It is positive news that we have managed to kill one of the suspected thugs. However, give us more time because we are still carrying out the operation,” Ms Nyangoma said by telephone on Sunday.

Minister Nantaba speaking at a function recently

The minister was returning to Kampala from Ndeeba village in Kayunga where she had spent the weekend.

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Ms Nantaba was only with her Special Forces Command bodyguard when the incident occurred.

However, it is not clear while body guard did not fire at the suspected thugs.

The media is reporting that one of the men who were riding a motorbike opened fire at Nantaba’s car, a claim Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango said was untrue.

“The car was not shot at,” said Onyango.

Several high profile Ugandans have been killed by men riding motorcycles.

They include AIGP Andrew Kaweesi, Maj Mohammed Kiggundu, Muhammad Kirumira and prosecutor Joan Kagezi among others.

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